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While reading Thoreau's Walden, I happened upon a...story:
There was a table made of applewood, which stood in a farmer's
kitchen in New England for sixty years. One day a gnawing sound
began to emanate from the table. It kept up for several weeks, until
at last a bug emerged from the table, unfurled its wings and took flight.
An insect egg had been deposited in the trunk of the apple tree before
it was made into a table and had remained in the wood all those years.
Warmed, perhaps by the heat of a coffee urn placed on the table, it
hatched, and the little bug gnawed its way out.
Who knows what unhatched potential -- what dormant seeds --
lie in our lives?
We are seeded with hidden promise.
Excerpted from "Firstlight," by Sue Monk Kidd
Without God I can't, but without me God won't.
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
The Lord has crafted you and formed you and shaped you.
He has molded you and made you. He knows your strengths,
your weaknesses, your characteristics, and He has caused
you to be a perfect fit and a perfect tool for a very precise
important role in His plan...
What good news this is for us! no matter what might be
wrong or right with us, or what we might like or dislike
about ourselves, we must be all right with God, because
He has chosen us for His work.
He is going to use us for the fulfillment of His plan. He is
going to apply our unique personalities and abilities to a
particular place and time in history.
Excerpted from "Loved by God," by T. D. Jakes
The Lord you God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you
with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Look at a young child who has just begun to play with his
fingers and toes. There is a sense of wonder and discovery.
By the time we are adults, this sense has long passed. After
many years of living in our bodies, we tend to take them for
granted ... The truth is that your body is not yours to treat as you
wish. Your body belongs to G-d, who gave it to you to care for,
as a vehicle to carry your soul through life. Just as you would not
harm another person, just as you would not harm anything that
G-d has created, you should not harm your own body. It is your
duty to eat well, to rest, to stay in shape, and to treat your body
with respect in every way. Physical fitness is not arbitrary or
optional; it is part of your responsibility to G-d.
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
Whatever you say to yourself today, let it be something
good. Tell yourself you look nice or smell good. Identify
your good features and compliment yourself. If you don't
believe there is anything about you worth complimenting,
repeat a compliment someone else has given you. You
must make a habit of beginning each day telling yourself
nice things. Whatever you think about yourself today,
let it be something that makes you feel good...It is
absolutely necessary to flood your mind with positive
things about yourself.
Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up," by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon and Schuster, 1998
And now the Last Word:
...let us light the torch of awareness and learn
again how to drink tea, eat, wash dishes, walk,
sit, drive, and work in awareness. We do not have
to be swept along by circumstances. We are not
just a leaf or a log in a rushing river. With awareness,
each of our daily acts takes on a new meaning, and
we discover that we are more than machines, that
our activities are not just mindless repetitions. We
find that life is a miracle, and we too are a miracle.
Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2004
If my heart can become pure and simple like that
of a child, I think there probably can be no greater
happiness than this.
Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945)
Zen Buddhist Japanese philosopher